Daniel Robinson

Research Fellow

Daniel Robinson has a background in human geography, environmental science and environmental law. Daniel has a strong interest in indigenous and traditional knowledge for conservation and cultural maintenance, and has worked closely with local communities, particularly in Thailand, to understand the customary frameworks and ‘knowledge domains that help protect and sustain their knowledge.

Daniel also has an interest in the environmental and social implications of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade rules, particularly for the developing world.

Daniel’s PhD was on biodiversity-related traditional knowledge in Thailand: Intellectual property relations and geographies of knowledge regulation. From this research, he has developed a strong interest in issues related to bioprospecting and “biopiracy”, and the need to protect the intellectual contributions of farmers and local communities.

On these issues, Daniel has acted as a researcher and consultant for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Pacific Forum Secretariat, and the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand.

Prior to gaining his PhD he worked in a range of positions including environmental consulting (environmental assessment and contaminated land, air and water), as a natural resources officer for Sydney Water, and as a research intern for Sutherland Council looking at housing sustainability indices.

Opinion

19 July 2018
Pressure is mounting on a small group of countries in relation to a patent disclosure of origin requirement for genetic resources in the WIPO IGC. Ratifications and accessions continue to accrue to the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity, with more than 100 parties (105 total...

Bridges news

27 November 2014
Based on current trends the future is bleak for biodiversity. Can private sector partnerships, trade frameworks, and legal architectures be geared towards its sustainable use? Representatives from nearly 200 governments convened in Pyeongchang, South Korea in October to focus on shoring up...
17 November 2014
Puentes se puso en contacto con una serie de expertos a fin de abordar una serie de inquietudes respecto al Protocolo de Nagoya, el cual recientemente ha entrado en vigor tras ser ratificado por 53 países miembros. ¿Cómo impacta a la región? ¿Cuáles son las áreas de oportunidad y cuáles los...
30 September 2014
The next Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity is just around the corner. This article outlines some of the key issues on the agenda, as well as potential interactions with trade policy. The planet is threatened with a serious biodiversity challenge. Up against rapid...
26 October 2010
O acesso e o uso de recursos genéticos são geralmente possíveis por meio dos conhecimentos tradicionais detidos por comunidades indígenas e locais (ILCs, sigla em inglês). Por esta razão, a inclusão de medidas que assegurem a proteção dos conhecimentos tradicionais é muito importante dentro de...
14 October 2010
Access to and use of genetic resources is often facilitated through traditional knowledge held by indigenous and local communities. The inclusion of measures to secure protection of traditional knowledge is thus of critical importance for any meaningful international ABS regime. Mention is made of...
12 October 2009
Under the WTO Doha Round of trade talks, there has been increasing pressure, particularly from developing countries, to find mechanisms which will help prevent biopiracy and misappropriations - focused particularly on the patenting of foreign biological resources and traditional knowledge. In July...